This year’s Iowa State Fair queen is a 19-year-old from Dubuque County. Jackie Ehrlich of Holy Cross is a Beckman Catholic High School grad who’ll be starting her sophomore year at Iowa State University later this month. Ehrlich was among the 104 county fair queens who competed in this year’s event.
Ehrlich has been a regular visitor and competitor at the Iowa State Fair since she was a kid.
The 4-H Building sits on the southwest corner of the fairgrounds, but now that she’s a college student, Ehrlich did not have 4-H entries this year. Both sets of her grandparents are dairy farmers and over the years, she’s spent time in the Iowa State Fair’s dairy barn as well as the show ring. At this year’s fair, though, Ehrlich is wearing a sash and crown, dispensing handshakes and ribbons to the victors of a variety of state fair competitions.
Ehrlich says her goal for the last few days of the Iowa State Fair is to encourage visitors to experience the “energy” on the fairgrounds.
She will represent the Iowa State Fair for the next 12 months at exhibitions and county fairs around the state. As part of being crowned the Iowa State Fair Queen, Ehrlich received a $5,000 scholarship from the State of Iowa Governor’s Office, a $3,000 scholarship from the Iowa State Fair, a gift card to Jordan Creek Mall, a pair of diamond earrings and an Iowa State Fair Brick.
This is the third year in a row that the Iowa State Fair Queen hails from the KMCH listening area. In 2016, the crown was won by Amanda Riniker of Winthrop (representing Buchanan County) and in 2015, the winner was Ellen Schlarmann of Monticello (representing Jones County).
(story courtesy of Radio Iowa; photos courtesy of Iowa State Fair/Steve Pope Photography)